Three more aftershocks hit the Lugoff-Elgin area

COLUMBIA – Earthquakes continue to shake the Blythewood/Fairfield areas, with three new ones reported Tuesday.

A 1.7 magnitude aftershock hit near Elgin at 12:31 a.m., at a depth of 5.4 kilometers or about 3.3 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey reported. At 8:31 p.m., a 2.0 tremor hit near Lugoff at 8:31 a.m., at a depth of about 3.2 kilometers or about 2 miles, the USGS confirmed. Late Tuesday night, at 11:29, a third tremor with a 1.3 magnitude struck 9 km south-southeast of Elgin.

Earthquakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less often go unnoticed and are usually only recorded by a seismograph, according to Michigan Technological University. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage, the school said.

An original 3.7 earthquake and 12 resulting tremors have shook the Blythewood and Fairfield areas since December, all of them centered in the Lugoff-Elgin area.

No injuries or property damage have been reported from the tremors.

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